It's the classic pessimist or optimist question, right?
It's not always black and white though, sometimes we flow in and out between these two. We can learn to live in a place where it's not always so extreme in either direction.
The picture is me at the gym tonight. I was so happy to be there. I get to do some things, and I get to maintain my health. What a blessing.
What can you do to be mentally positive, yet based in reality?
People who are more optimistic tend to engage in healthy habits. They tend to experiene less effects of stress. They regulate their emotions and recover from stress more quickly.
Having a positive attitude doesn't mean you ignore problems and stress. I just means you found ways to handle it better.
Experts who study this say the difference between pessimists and optimists isn't in how happy they are with their lives or what they see all around them, it's in how they cope.
If you tend to be a pessimist, it would be worth it to learn ways to train your brain to react more positive.
Face the negative things while taking action to create the positive outcome you want. Decide to be a problem solver.
Start writing down things every day that you are grateful for. Find things to be happy about and it will start feeding itself like a snowball rolling down the hill.
Focus on what you can control. When we do, we have more chances to have a positive mindset. Optimistic people will thrive no matter what is going on around them.
Stop looking at the news and social media. I know how hard this is. It's hard to be positive when you are bombarded with so much negativity. I can tell you that I'm so much happier now that I got off main stream social media starting last year. I'm on Gab as @robertasaum but sometimes I can still only take all the political memes in very small doses. I would rather focus on what I can control.
Take a look at who you spend time with. If you are constantly around negative people it will rub off on you. Being around optimistic people is contagious as well. Surround yourself with positive people and it will be easier to adapt to being optimistic.
That's why I love these friends inside the Nibbles Fitness Forum. We don't have to wade through negative social media, it's private, and we look forward to hearing everyone's stories and seeing some smiles even amongst our own adversity.
This is Keturah and she always makes me smile. She has come so far in her life and has overcome some huge obstacles. She posts wonderful stories and healthy recipes and every now and then warms us with her beautiful face.
Then there is Stacy who I nicknamed Miss Consistency so many years ago. She's a warrior and a rock star! She's faced some very hard things in life and always comes up fighting. I would never take her for granted, but she is there every day like a rock, cheering us on and fighting for what she wants for her and her family. I love her to the moon and back.
Angie is amazing and she's always there for me. She's come so far and has lost an incredible amount of weight over the years. She's had some issues similar to me recently with her back and she appreciates what she gets to do to do at the gym too!
Oh and sweet Netty, always sharing her workout, recipes, food pictures, and sometimes a video. She loves her garden and farm animals and family and God. This weekend she had some sweet times with her family enjoying games, worship, and food. She's a precious lady and I appreciate her so much.
Thank you all for helping me be more optimistic is such a crazy, stressful, uncertain world.
You all mean everything to me. Let's take on this week with all we've got.
My cup is overflowing ❤